Are Invisalign or Braces Better?

For patients interested in a straighter smile, the decision between Invisalign and traditional metal braces can be a difficult one. The two treatments have many differences and it can be tough to determine which one is the best fit for you. If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment, a consultation with Dr. Desai can recommend the better option depending on the type of treatment you need, your personal goals, and your budget.

What Kind of Orthodontic Treatment Do You Need?

Invisalign is a system of clear aligners that uses a new aligner every two weeks to gradually straighten your teeth. Invisalign can treat issues like misalignment, gaps, and overcrowding. However, more severe issues may require traditional metal braces for effective treatment. Our team can tell you which treatment is the best fit for you depending on the scope of the work you need.

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What Are Your Goals?

If your goal is for your orthodontic treatment to be as subtle and convenient as possible, you may opt for Invisalign. Unlike traditional metal braces with their brackets and wires, Invisalign aligners are invisible. You can also remove Invisalign while you eat, allowing you to continue to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks during your orthodontic treatment.

What Is Your Budget?

Once we determine the scope of your orthodontic treatment, our team will have a better estimate of the cost. Typically, traditional metal braces are the more affordable option. We offer multiple payment and financing options to help you fit orthodontic treatment into your budget.

During your consultation for orthodontic treatment, our team will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan that meets your goals, fits your budget, and delivers you the smile of your dreams. To ask us any questions about orthodontic treatment or to schedule your consultation, contact our office today!

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Invisalign® Pros & Cons

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Are you considering straightening your smile with Invisalign® clear aligners? If you’re wondering if this is the right treatment for you, Dr. Desai and the North Richland Hills Dentistry team want to help you. We’ve taken a look at the pros and cons of Invisalign so you can make an informed decision. Schedule a consultation with us to go over your orthodontics options and get started on a treatment plan.

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign offers wearers so many benefits, and that’s why we love it so much at North Richland Hills Dentistry! For patients with mild to moderate spacing, alignment, or bite issues, Invisalign can help them get the smile of their dreams. Invisalign moves teeth gradually and gently, so it’s comfortable. The smooth plastic trays don’t cut or irritate cheeks or gums, either, like metal braces tend to do. The trays are completely removable, so forget about giving up your favorite foods. You don’t have to! Just pop the trays out to eat, drink, brush, or floss, and then pop them back in when you’re done. Hands down the best part of Invisalign, though? The “invis” part! Invisalign aligners are virtually invisible, so no one needs to know you’re wearing them unless you want to tell!

What Are the Downsides?

Invisalign isn’t for people needing to make drastic changes to the spacing or alignment of their teeth, or big changes to their bite. That’s best left to metal braces. When you remove the Invisalign aligners to eat or drink, you need to be very diligent about brushing and flossing before you put your aligners back in. Otherwise, you risk trapping food particles against your teeth and allowing bacteria to form, causing decay and cavities. You also need to be diligent about wearing your aligners for at least 22 hours each day. If you don’t stick to this, you won’t get the results you’re hoping for from your treatment.

To discuss whether Invisalign is right for you, call North Richland Hills Dentistry to schedule an Invisalign consultation. Dr. Desai will discuss your needs and lifestyle and help you make the best decision for your smile. Ready to live life behind your best smile? Get started now!